Frankfurt Motor Show: Seat's 'family sized' IbizaIBZ Concept makes it debut in Germany

15 September 2009

Frankfurt Motor Show: Seat Ibiza IBZ Concept

IBZ Concept showcases bigger Ibiza variant

Seat has unveiled a ‘family-sized’ version of its popular supermini at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.

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The IBZ Concept, which features a bigger boot and more storage space than the original Ibiza, is scheduled to hit showrooms next summer – so what you see here is pretty close to what the final car will look like.

Seat has kept the familiar Ibiza ‘face’ for this concept model, but added stylish LED headlights and an imposing new centre grille. Blue, high-gloss paint coats the outside of the car, and a broad, panoramic sunroof has been added to let in more light.

Sporty Seat styling

Frankfurt Motor Show: Seat IBZ Concept side

Stylish Seat will appeal to small estate car buyers

The concept car sits on low-profile and 19-inch alloy wheels, which are all embossed with an ‘S’ at the hub. Rear passenger doors feature window-integrated handles, just like those on the new Leon.

Inside, the IBZ Concept stays true to the Ibiza’s sporty design tendencies, with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a bold analogue speedo. Newly designed seats and headrests are covered in magnolia leather and suede, while blue stitching – the same colour as the paint outside – keeps the upholstery in place.

Lie-flat rear seats and a low boot opening (which sits flush with the rear number plate) should make it easy to carry big loads. Seat claims that even with the back seats occupied, the boot will hold 410 litres. 

We think there could be a good market for this car - it's essentially a stylish 'lifestyle estate' version of a supermini - and with the trend towards downsizing, Seat might just find plenty of buyers.

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